Youth leagues clash

2012-08-07 06:51

A war of words has erupted between the ANC Youth League in Limpopo and the Young Communist League’s (YCL) secretary Buti Manamela over the Julius Malema lobby group Friends of the Youth League (FYL).

This follows comments made by Manamela over the weekend that people who associate themselves with the Friends of the Youth League should consider themselves enemies of the ANC.

Manamela, who was speaking at the SA Communist Party’s 91st anniversary at the Johannesburg City Hall, was quoted as saying: “We cannot have friends of the ANC (or its alliance) whose main responsibility is to criticise [the alliance] on a daily basis, whether in South Africa or London.

“They can only be categorised as enemies and must be treated as such.”

However, the Youth League in Limpopo, which supports Malema and still regards him as president of the Young Lions despite the fact that he was axed, hit back, saying he was a charlatan.

The league’s spokesperson in Limpopo, Klaas Mabunda, said: “He must stop being a parasite. He must go and develop programmes for the YCL and leave us alone. The YCL is our alliance partner but a friend can’t come into your house and tell you who can visit and who can’t.”

Manamela responded in turn, describing the ANC Youth League in Limpopo as “a group of nobodies”.

“They must decide if they want to be in the ANC or Friends of the Youth League. We can’t associate ourselves with a reactionary group. I don’t want to waste my time on a group of nobodies.”

Mabunda said the youth league related to the Friends of the Youth League because “they are our friends. We are an autonomous political being and decide who we should relate to and who we shouldn’t relate to”.

Two weeks ago, the ANC Youth League in Gauteng also distanced itself from the Friends of the YL saying it is “counter-revolutionary, primarily aimed at undermining the authority of the ANC as well as seeking to sow divisions within the organisation in the build-up to the Mangaung congress”.

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